Sam Stafford explores the question: Can the British plan?
This episode is joined by author of Great British Plans Ian Wray and his daughter Katie Wray, as they discuss Ian’s book which takes in London’s squares, Milton Keynes, ‘HS1’, the motorways and the secret first electronic computers. Sam, Ian and Katie’s conversation takes on the revolution, black swans, lawyers, lobbyists and mavericks.
The relationship between planning and politics is a path well-trodden, but perhaps less well appreciated is the relationship between planning and the culture, the institutions and, indeed, the institutional culture of this scepted isle. It is easy to see how electoral priorities drive short-term political decision-making, but the book explores the factors at play, or more often in fact not at play, in longer-term political decision making, which will be of interest to anybody interested in why change happens, or more often in fact, why change does not happen.
For more information on Ian Wray’s book, Great British Plans, visit here.
BECG proudly supports the 50 Shades of Planning Podcast from Samuel Stafford, Regional Strategic Land Director at Barratt Developments.